Metabolic engineering and diabetes therapy news

<p>Joan J. Guinovart, director of the IRB Barcelona.</p>
14 Oct 2017

The website La Nueva España has echoed the participation of Joan Guinovart, director and researcher at IRB Barcelona, in Science Week in Valdés, Asturias. Guinovart will kick off the event with a talk about diabetes. Science Week will be held from 10 to 15 November.

Link to La Nueva España

<p>Glycogen (black particles) accumulates in large amounts in the muscle due to the absence of the protein glycogenin (Giorgia Testoni, IRB Barcelona)</p>
9 Jul 2017

The Bulgarian news website Nauka Offnews, among other media outlets, has echoed on the study performed by IRB Barcelona scientists on glycogen synthesis and high glycogen levels in mice.

Published in Cell Metabolism, this work has found that glycogen synthesis does not require a protein called glycogenin, and that high glycogen levels actually impair the performance of muscle during endurance exercise. 

Link to Nauka Offnews

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<p>Glycogen (black particles) accumulates in large amounts in the muscle due to the absence of the protein glycogenin (Giorgia Testoni, IRB Barcelona)</p>
6 Jul 2017

A study published in Cell Metabolism by IRB Barcelona scientists turns long-standing assumptions about glycogen biology on their head.

The results may explain the muscular defects of patients with glycogen storage disease XV.

<p>"La Marató" (telethon) has awarded two IRB Barcelona research projects in diabetes and obesity</p>
18 May 2017

Catalonia's public television channel, TV3, has broadcasted various video abstracts that give scientists the opportunity to explain their research funded by the telethon (La Marató) run by the Catalan TV channel in 2015.

Two IRB Barcelona projects devoted to furthering knowledge of the causes, treatments, prevention and cure of diabetes and obesity are among the 34 awarded by this campaign in 2015.

Antonio Zorzano, coordinator of the Molecular Medicine Programme and leader of the Complex Mtabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Lab, explains his study entitled "Mechanisms responsible for the deficient differentiation capacity of adipose tissue-derived stem cells in obesity"....

<p>Open Day 2015.</p>
8 May 2017

On May 13, IRB Barcelona will be holding its Open Day, from 10:00 to 15:00, and almost all the places have been reserved.

Audiences of all ages will visit the laboratories, participate in workshops, and attend informative talks at the Institute, which is located in the Barcelona Science Park.

<p>Chelsea Gerber, for whom the foundation Chelsea’s Hope is named, suffered from Lafora disease (image published in ASBMB).</p>
4 May 2017

The May issue of the  American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) journal includes a feature article about the international project on Lafora disease, which involves Joan Guinovart’s group at IRB Barcelona (see here). The US organisation Chelsea’s Hope, a charity formed by families affected by this disease, promoted this international collaboration.

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<p>“Thanks to Odyssey Fc, our scientific results will be stronger and more reliable,” says Mar García.</p>
12 Apr 2017

Two new Odyssey Fc imaging systems, recently installed by the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), promise to be a valuable tool to help scientists produce stronger data.

<p>Joan J. Guinovart, director of the IRB Barcelona.</p>
3 Mar 2017

Joan J. Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, and ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah were invited by English Radio host Virgil Simons on RKB to talk about cancer research, what it means to be a researcher and what this job is like, with a special emphasis on the need to raise funds for biomedical investigation.

“Research activities aim to provide new knowledge, to understand what was not understood in the past. In order to do that, you need money, so the first job of a researcher is, in fact, to raise money. And we need a lot of funding for biomedical investigation nowadays,” explains Joan Guinovart.

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<p>"La Marató" (telethon) has awarded two IRB Barcelona research projects in diabetes and obesity</p>
3 Nov 2016

Antonio Zorzano and Joan J. Guinovart are among the 34 projects awarded by the  2015 La Marató (telethon)

24 Oct 2016

The medical newspaper “Correo Farmacéutico” has echoed a recently launched international consortium that seeks to find a treatment for Lafora disease—the most severe type of epilepsy in humans.

Scientists from the US, Canada and Spain, among them Joan Guinovart from IRB Barcelona, are poised to perform joint research with the aim to find a treatment for Lafora disease.